By Jeremiah Smith
Imagine standing in a busy downtown area. Surrounding you are people of every sort. Each one has a history; a life of joys and sorrows. Many who pass by do not know Jesus. They have not experienced the freedom, joy and life that a relationship with Jesus brings. They are still captive.
In Acts 16 we have an account of Paul and Silas in Prison. It says that,
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them”
Have you ever wondered about why Paul and Silas were in prison? Is it possible that God, in his sovereignty, had placed them there to bring (spiritual) freedom to the captives?
“Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose… the jailer…asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?“
Back to that busy downtown. Is it no less a prison? Are the people no less captives? The prayer and worship of Paul & Silas brought freedom when the Spirit of God entered that prison. I believe the same thing can happen today here in Canada.
I’ve been busking in downtown Ottawa this summer because of that belief. I’ll admit that it’s daunting to perform in front of people; even more daunting is proclaiming Jesus. It’s one thing to be passionate about Christ in Church, another to put your reputation on the line by proclaiming the name of Jesus on the streets. Yet I’ve come to the place in my life where it’s worth it. There’s the potential of being persecuted or mocked, but also the potential — the promise — that the light of Jesus will shine in the darkness.
“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:17-18